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3 Easy Ways to Minimalise the Clutter In Your Life

September 7, 2015
3 ways to minimalise your life

3 ways to minimalise your lifeRecently my husband and I purchased an apartment which we will be moving to as our retirement home.  At the moment, we are caring for his parents who at 89 are both still going strong, so a permanent move for us is not in the near future.

We have made the decision to purchase our apartment so that we have a place to call home and somewhere we can go to for some R&R when time (& parents) permits.  However, a new home means more possessions – or does it?

Even though we had moved from a larger home many years ago it is amazing the amount of material possessions we still gather.  We had to purchase new items for our new home, however when I did a stocktake at my current home, I found I had so many items that were duplicates and never used that now was the time to take them out and dust them off and actually use them.

[bctt tweet=”Don’t wait until the time is right – use what you have now as the right time may never come”]

You know, the dinner set we keep for ‘special occasions’ which rarely gets used, the extra blankets and bedding – just in case we have extra guests.

The old saying ‘we can’t take it with us’ is never truer than now.  So I’m making the decision to use what I have.  Don’t just keep things to look at – if you can’t use it and enjoy using it, then get rid of it.  There is always someone not as fortunate as you, who could use what you don’t need.

It is amazing how decluttering can have a cathartic affect and a feeling of freedom.  Do we really need all these possessions?

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Here are 3 Easy Ways to Minimalise the Clutter in your Life

1. The Three Options Rule

You have three options when decluttering. Keep It – Donate It or Dispose of It

Now this is a tough one because you need to be strong!  It is easy to say ‘oh I might use that’ and want to keep it, however you have to keep focused on the job at hand.

Divide your items into three bags :-

  • The Keep It bag which are the things you just can’t live without.
  • The Donate It bag – which are things that are still in good usable condition or could be recycled but you no longer need them and someone else would be grateful to have.  You will feel great knowing that you have helped someone who is not as fortunate as you are.
  • The Dispose of It bag – which are things that are broken or of no use to anyone.

2. The One Year Rule

When was the last time you used something or wore that outfit stuck at the back of the wardrobe.  Yes I know things come back into fashion but if you haven’t used it or worn it in the last 12 months, then put it in the Donate or Dispose of It category.

3. Make a Memories Box

I have tried to keep everything personal I’ve received over the years.  The paintings, school reports from my children’s school days, the birthday and mother’s day cards, thousands of photographs.  These all build up over the years and to be honest how many times do we actually look at them.  Why not make a memories box of the most special things.  This takes planning and thought but you will reduce your memories to a manageable size.

Why not scan your old photographs?  I’m now discovering how important it is to have photos of parents and friends who are no longer with us.  Make a project to scan all your old photos so that you will always have them especially as old photos will fade.

Cleaning up your possessions is very personal and not always easy an easy task as it can be very sentimental and emotional. However, I now believe that my possessions should be used, not looked at, and if I can’t use them, then perhaps they will find a home with someone who will.

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  • Reply Leanne@crestingthehill September 7, 2015 at 11:11

    A woman after my own heart – I am a big fan of not stockpiling stuff you never use. It is so easy to just stuff things in the back of the cupboard, but I think we are better for owning less and using the things we have. Great post Sue 🙂

    • Reply sue September 7, 2015 at 13:34

      I was amazed at how much we had that we didn’t use. I had either kept things for ‘good’ or just forgot about them. We are better for owning less – it might have taken 58 years but I’ve learnt that possessions aren’t everything in life – family and friends are.

  • Reply Linda September 8, 2015 at 02:10

    This is my life! We have been in our home almost 40 years. Hubby does NOT want to deal with the snow anymore – thus our home in Florida that we will be moving to full time when we sell our NY home.

    I have kept Big Brothers and Big Sisters busy – they pick up and each time they are in my area I had MANY boxes for them!


    • Reply sue September 8, 2015 at 13:06

      Oh 40 years is a long time in one place. It will be a huge adjustment for you both Linda but also an exciting new phase in life. Best of luck with the move and the downsizing.

  • Reply Jebbica September 12, 2015 at 07:36

    You can come declutter my house anytime, Sue! Thanks for sharing at #FoodandFitnessFriday!

    • Reply sue September 14, 2015 at 08:18

      Of course Jessica if you could pay the airfare LOL:) Thanks for the opportunity to link up at #FoodandFitnessFriday

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